The coastline and the sea have always been at the heart of the attraction of Sussex. Not only do they provide a haven for the many and varied wildlife, coastal waters are highly valued for transport, fisheries and tourism.

The estuaries of the rivers Adur and Ouse, which open to the sea at Shoreham and Newhaven, in particular have developed into busy transport hubs, which are fundamental to local and national movement of goods and consequently of high economic importance to local communities.

The estuaries also provide a large area of intertidal mudflat, which not only acts as valuable feeding ground for many wading birds, but also forms important juvenile nursery grounds for fish. As a result, marine fish populations provide a significant economic benefit to the area through commercial and recreational fisheries. Species such as sole, plaice and bass are particularly important to the region's fishery and economy. As a tourist destination, the coastline has always provided healthy bathing waters as well as recreational fishing facilities.

Coastline at Brighton

Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting. From an original concept by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.